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Booking for 2018 on "OUTSTANDING' Whitefish/Bardon Lake

Bedrooms 2
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

20 Ft. from this sparkling lake, 2 BR, l BA: Just put your feet up, and browse!

On 400 feet of shoreline, amidst tall Norway pines in a little cove of its own, this non-smoking (sorry - NOPETS either :-{ ) 2 BR, 1 Bath Cabin is steps from a most sought-after lake. Due to the small well, and septic system, we must limit occupancy to 4 (FOUR). Furnished with some antiques and original art, this simple cabin can be a pleasant change from your own space. No TV - but books, board games, playing cards, WIFI, and an assortment of DVD's/ Video Cassettes played on the elderly TV - all of the above can keep a body occupied when it rains. ONE NEEDS TO BRING ONE's OWN TOWELS, SHEETS for a QUEEN BED, and 2 TWIN BEDS. NB: Sorry But it will be necessary for you to take your refuse to the Gordon dump, open TUESDAY,THURSDAY, 9:30AM - 5:30PM; and SATURDAY, SUNDAY - 10AM - 4PM. Tell the attendants you are guests of the Emmerts. (We apologize for this requirement. Local caretakers are over-extended during this season).

This lake is described by Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources as an 'Outstanding Resource Water' and a 'pristine lake.' The water chemistry in White Fish Lake [Bardon used to be its' official name] is different from most other NW Wisconsin lakes because it has softer water and lower concentrations of the constituents in other lakes. This makes the water clarity in White Fish/Bardon Lake very, very good. Where the average grade for water quality in most NW Wisconsin lakes is 30, White Fish Lake's is 1! Part of the reason for this clear water is the lake's sandy setting which filters the water through layer-upon-layer of glacier-era sand. This also means this 833 acres lake (3 miles long and 1 mile wide) is not only notable for it's clear, clear water, but for its lovely sandy bottom [no ucky weeds or slimy footing].

Fishing in the North End of the lake, with it's warmer water (60 ft deep) is for Walleye and Yellow Perch; in the South End (larger, and deeper - at 102 ft deep) there are Cisco and Trout. One would need to bring one's own trolling or small outboard motor for the rowboat if fishing is planned.

There is a public landing a couple of miles down the road from the cabin should you wish to bring your own boat. If not, there is an ancient canoe, a row-boat, and a windsurfer (provided you can locate all the parts) are on site. This property has served to just slow us down, get us to rest and chill out . You can dangle your feet as you sit on the dock and feel the baby trout minows tickle your toes, swim, float in the floaties, paddle the canoe around the shore line, sit out on the deck in the sun, and again at night to see the stars, listen to the loons as they bed down for the night, and if needing a little excitement - Golden Chipmunk, just 6 miles away has terrific ribs, and even better hamburgers - should you need to take a break from resting.

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Elizabeth E Emmert
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
2 December, 2017

About Elizabeth E Emmert

My grandfather pioneered on this lake in 1910. My husband's father's closest friend was also an original on the lake. We have both been coming up to 'the lake' since we were little - i.e. more than 82 years. This is our very special place, and never before rented. We are pleased to share it with those who can appreciate it's particular flavor.

Elizabeth E Emmert purchased this cabin in 1984

Why Elizabeth E Emmert chose Gordon

Following the Depression my grandfather lost his business as well as the lovely house he'd built at White Fish. This cottage, across the lake from the original house, has been our substitute 'spot.'

What makes this cabin unique

It is so close to the lake; it is somewhat sheltered from the fierce storms that love Douglas County - nestled in its protected cove. Its' sandy swimming area goes out for many yards, making it a lovely place to splash and paddle without fear of 'the depths!'


Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
The Buckhorn, Gordon; The Golden Chipmunk, Wascott
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Black Bear, Minong; Hayward
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
US 53
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
The Golden Chipmunk
Car: necessary


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Gordon in Douglas County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The mirrored-wall Bath has a shower in the tub (for those who like to soak), Lavatory with storage underneath, and toilet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom includes a Queen Bed at one end, with double closet; small desk, table desk, file, lounge chair with foot stool at the other. Guest Bedroom includes twin beds, dressing table and stool, Bedside bench table, and tiny closet.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This quiet spot is not really suited for kids. There is not that much to do besides swim, fish, or read. It's a place to relax - sit in the sun, go to bed early, take walks, listen to lovely music, and see the stars at night.


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Booking for 2018 on "OUTSTANDING' Whitefish/Bardon Lake
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

It was beyond our expectations. The lake was beautiful and the cottage was inviting.

  • 5 of 5

Our desire to get away from the heat and the bustle of urban life on a pristine lake were realized. Our only regret was that the stay was too short. We could have used a full month of this experience.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect little cabin on the lake

  • 5 of 5

Another great vacation in this perfect little cabin on the lake. After our last stay we couldn’t wait to stay again, all year long we waited to revisit “The Narrows”. The Cabin and the Lake where just as we remember like visiting an old friend you haven’t seen for a long time. First thing we did was test the water, Perfect barely left the water the whole time. Fire in the evenings with s’mores is a must on the deck. Sleeping with the windows open the sounds of the waves from the lake will soon have you fast asleep. We have already started thinking about next year. A perfect place to rest and relax.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your charming review - especially in view of the fact that our "caretaker" had not got the dock installed -despite being given a month's notice! Your patience with that situation is most appreciated. [We are looking to find another, less busy and harassed, caretaker. - after years of similar concerns]. It is certainly a place to unwind and relax....and we are impressed that you have a teenager who is willing to do that! Have a good year - and see you next year?
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Perfect relaxing get away.

  • 5 of 5

This was one of our best vacations ever. The cabin was very nice and clean, it was a cross of rustic meets sophistication. The views from the dock were beautiful, water was Crystal clear with a sandy bottom. Perfect for swimming. So peaceful and relaxing. The local restaurants were very good, Fried pickle at Bootleggers are yummy. We definitely Will be back. Such a beautiful, peaceful, and relaxing place.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW! What an eloquent characterization - "Rustic meets sophistication!" You can't imagine how lovely it is to have someone, so accurately, appreciate the ambiance we tried to create!! Thank you so much! Hope to meet such discerning people someday! :-) The Owners, Kirk and Elizabeth Emmert
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Yes, we want to come back!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at the cabin. The lake was perfect for swimming. The deck and fire pit were great in the evenings. It was so nice to have the firewood provided for us. If you are planning to fish I would recommend a trolling motor since it is quite a distance before you get to water deeper than 5 feet.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a good time! It seemed so far to come for you, and we are glad you enjoyed yourselves. FULL DISCLOSURE: we are not fishermen, but know there is a very deep water cove just across the "narrows" where we can see people hanging out in the early mornings and late evenings...where it is alleged they catch something. :-)
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Great Vacation!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was an absolute great experience! The cabin was great, and the rental owners were even better. They were prompt with a response with every one of my questions. They even recommended fun activities in the area during our stay. The cabin was right on the water in a crystal clear lake. There's nothing better than falling asleep to the sound of the water, only steps away from the front door. The Huge sand bar right out front of the dock was excellent for swimming. Will definately look to stay again next year!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words! And we are so pleased you had a good time. Getting the cottage ready to rent for the first time was something of a challenge - and so we appreciate your feedback. And our review of YOU as a tenant is: A+ The cleaning help were most impressed with how clean it was when they came in, and we thought "how many tenants would travel around to several stores looking for glue to mend a little table on the deck that needed some help?" As we've mentioned - you will ALWAYS be welcome in our beloved spot!
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Gordon, Wisconsin

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £90.06

Please recall that the renter must bring his/her own sheets and towels, and be willing to take his/her refuse to the Gordon dump: open T. Th., Sat. Even with this proviso, this pleasant place on a beautiful lake costs even less to rent than most motels!

The cabin is a little difficult to find....somewhat hidden away. So do ask us the best way to get there.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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